Roads flooded, power out in parts of Midwest
Monday, February 28, 2011
FINDLAY, Ohio (AP) — Storms with heavy rain, high winds and hail flooded homes and roads Monday and knocked out power in parts of the Midwest, where at least six people were injured and three tornadoes touched down in Indiana. Three homes in Kentucky were destroyed by a tornado.
Flooding was a threat in all 88 of Ohio’s counties, the National Weather Service said. Wind gusts of 60 mph or more were recorded in several locations, followed by scattered reports of homes with roof damage, uprooted trees and downed power lines. Utilities reported that as many as 31,000 Ohio customers had no power late Monday morning.
In Illinois, six people were treated at a hospital in Maryville, a small town northeast of St. Louis where the storm tore off part of the roof at a church. In nearby Troy, the storm bent a football field’s scoreboard and blew bleachers onto the field. About 30,000 people lost power, Ameren said.
In Indiana, several areas received up to 3 inches of rain and some hail, and much of the central part of the state is under a flood warning until Tuesday morning.
A tornado hit Celestine, a town of about 250 people in Dubois County, and damaged two homes and a double-wide trailer, the weather service said. Power lines just outside of Muncie were knocked down by the strong winds and areas northeast of Indianapolis sustained most of the wind damage.
Another tornado touched down near the small town of Ingalls, northeast of Indianapolis, the weather service reported, damaging two homes, barns and a trailer early Monday.
A similar storm touched down near Utica, near the Kentucky border.
And a tornado destroyed three homes in Kentucky’s Henry County, northeast of Louisville, as storms blew through the state Sunday night and Monday morning, authorities said.